Perkins on the mark

Boston Celtics big man Kendrick Perkins is well aware of the franchise record he's chasing for best single-season field goal percentage. After all, Cedric Maxwell won't let him forget it.

Shooting a robust 61.7 percent from the floor, Perkins is on pace to top Maxwell's 30-year-old record of 60.9 percent set during the 1979-80 campaign.

"I'm really not worried about it, but Max always brings it up," Perkins said to laughter before Saturday's loss to the New Jersey Nets. "Every time I go out to get ready or get our layups in during warm-ups, he's always bringing it up, saying, 'You ain't got it yet, you ain't got it yet.' He always brings it up."

Maxwell, who serves as the color commentator for Celtics radio broadcasts on WEEI (850 AM), will have a front-row seat if Perkins is to break the mark. Perkins' percentage has slipped a bit since the early part of the season, when he hovered around 64 percent, and Boston's struggles as a team clearly have hindered his quest.

"To get into the Celtics' record book, that'd be a great honor," Perkins said. "Just to have your name up there somewhere would be cool. I'm not worried about it. I'm just trying to go out there and play basketball. Obviously, I'd like to make every shot I take, not just because of the record. That's just what I want to do."

Perkins actually could have already cemented his place in the team annals. During the Celtics' championship season of 2007-08, he shot 61.5 percent but failed to reach the minimum 300 made field goals. This despite appearing in 78 games in which he connected on 214 of 348 attempts.

Perkins hasn't been nearly as bashful since then. His shot total jumped 130 shots to 478 last season, and this season he's already put up 402 attempts. He needs 53 more buckets to qualify for the percentage crown, which, barring injury, wouldn't appear to be a problem.

Perkins could not only break the Celtics' mark but also lead the NBA in field goal percentage (something Maxwell did twice, in 1978-79 and 1979-80).

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